Domaine Serene

Evenstad Reserve Dundee Hills Chardonnay

9.347 ratings
9.312 pro ratings
Dundee Hills, Willamette Valley, Oregon, USA
Chardonnay
Duck, Shellfish, Goose, Mushrooms, Manchego & Parmesan, Game, Pork, Squash & Root Vegetables, Chicken, Turkey, Cheddar & Gruyere, Meaty & Oily Fish, White Fish, Shellfish, Crab & Lobster, Cream Sauces
Top Notes For
Al Shikoh

medium straw colored, watery rim; somewhat muted, lemon, green apple, beeswax, wet gravel; tart citrus, wet stone, a bit of lanolin on the finish; medium body, dry, medium acidity, 14.2% ABV; made from Dijon clone sourced from Dundee Hills, aged 13 months in 31% new French oak; still going strong at this point in its development

medium straw colored, watery rim; somewhat muted, lemon, green apple, beeswax, wet gravel; tart citrus, wet stone, a bit of lanolin on the finish; medium body, dry, medium acidity, 14.2% ABV; made from Dijon clone sourced from Dundee Hills, aged 13 months in 31% new French oak; still going strong at this point in its development

Apr 13th, 2021
Bob McDonald

At the Toowoomba Wine Show Judges Dinner - this was the wine I brought. See previous notes here on Delectable. An excellent Chardonnay from Oregon, this was Wine No. 2 in Wine Spectators Top 100 for 2016.

At the Toowoomba Wine Show Judges Dinner - this was the wine I brought. See previous notes here on Delectable. An excellent Chardonnay from Oregon, this was Wine No. 2 in Wine Spectators Top 100 for 2016.

Nov 2nd, 2020
Bob McDonald

Pale to mid Lemon in colour. Initial notes of Vanilla Oak - a bit of leesy funk. Palate is medium plus intensity with some citrus and ripe grapefruit - generous with minerality and good length - a buttery note on the palate. An excellent new world Chardonnay from Oregon. This was Wine #2 in Wine Spectators Top 100 for 2016.

Pale to mid Lemon in colour. Initial notes of Vanilla Oak - a bit of leesy funk. Palate is medium plus intensity with some citrus and ripe grapefruit - generous with minerality and good length - a buttery note on the palate. An excellent new world Chardonnay from Oregon. This was Wine #2 in Wine Spectators Top 100 for 2016.

Sep 12th, 2020
Isaac Pirolo

A fascinating juxtaposition that lands somewhere between a poached pear, butter and vanilla, mellow malo Chardonnay style and fresh orchard fruit, pineapple, and citrus approach. Ultimately it leans more towards the former, but the balance is notable and evident of why Wine Spectator named this as their number 2 wine of 2016.

A fascinating juxtaposition that lands somewhere between a poached pear, butter and vanilla, mellow malo Chardonnay style and fresh orchard fruit, pineapple, and citrus approach. Ultimately it leans more towards the former, but the balance is notable and evident of why Wine Spectator named this as their number 2 wine of 2016.

Jun 6th, 2018
Bob McDonald

This should be an interesting comparison of 2 excellent new world Chardonnays. The 2014 Domaine Serene was Wine Spectators #2 Wine of 2016 and the Leeuwin Art Series one of Australia’s best Chardonnays consistently for many years - some would say THE Best. Talking about the Oregon Wine first. Flinty sulphidic notes to begin with light florals. On palate in the leaner style with the acid outweighing the fruit weight with plenty of mineral. An unusual quince character which is not unpleasant. Good balance of fruit and oak finishing with a trace of bitterness making it moreish. An excellent new world Chardonnay. My wife preferred this to the Leeuwin for its restraint and difference. Tasted again 94 weeks later on 2nd February 2020. Most impressed Pale to mid Lemon in colour. Notes of fine vanillan oak - citrus more than stone fruit. Beautifully made with great finesse and texture Medium intensity with medium plus length. Excellent.

This should be an interesting comparison of 2 excellent new world Chardonnays. The 2014 Domaine Serene was Wine Spectators #2 Wine of 2016 and the Leeuwin Art Series one of Australia’s best Chardonnays consistently for many years - some would say THE Best. Talking about the Oregon Wine first. Flinty sulphidic notes to begin with light florals. On palate in the leaner style with the acid outweighing the fruit weight with plenty of mineral. An unusual quince character which is not unpleasant. Good balance of fruit and oak finishing with a trace of bitterness making it moreish. An excellent new world Chardonnay. My wife preferred this to the Leeuwin for its restraint and difference. Tasted again 94 weeks later on 2nd February 2020. Most impressed Pale to mid Lemon in colour. Notes of fine vanillan oak - citrus more than stone fruit. Beautifully made with great finesse and texture Medium intensity with medium plus length. Excellent.

Apr 15th, 2018
Shawn R

Classic cool climate Chardonnay form one of the top producers

Classic cool climate Chardonnay form one of the top producers

Apr 30th, 2017
David L

14' Domaine Serene Evenstad Reserve Chardonnay. Highly recommend if you're opening a bottle now to decant it. Great Chardonnay.

14' Domaine Serene Evenstad Reserve Chardonnay. Highly recommend if you're opening a bottle now to decant it. Great Chardonnay.

Jan 8th, 2017
Greg Ballington

Co-Founder of Millennial Drinkers Wine Blog

9.4

Golden yellow. Straw, hay and creamy on the nose. Nice butter but also delicious fruit. Moderate acidity (7/10). Great finish and long

Golden yellow. Straw, hay and creamy on the nose. Nice butter but also delicious fruit. Moderate acidity (7/10). Great finish and long

Jan 8th, 2017
David L

14' Domaine Serene Evenstad Reserve Chardonnay. Backwards & a little sharp straight out of the bottle. I decanted for a bit.

Like golden color. The nose is very similar to the palate. The whole group gets that lemon taste right away. Peach , pancake batter, wet stone. I get a little more tanginess to this wine. Very nice acid & the right amount of creaminess. Surprisingly a little more New World than I would've thought😋. Very enjoyable bottle of wine. This will be even better with a bit more time. Number
#2 Wine of the year, from Wine Spectator.

14' Domaine Serene Evenstad Reserve Chardonnay. Backwards & a little sharp straight out of the bottle. I decanted for a bit.

Like golden color. The nose is very similar to the palate. The whole group gets that lemon taste right away. Peach , pancake batter, wet stone. I get a little more tanginess to this wine. Very nice acid & the right amount of creaminess. Surprisingly a little more New World than I would've thought😋. Very enjoyable bottle of wine. This will be even better with a bit more time. Number
#2 Wine of the year, from Wine Spectator.

Dec 31st, 2016
Thomas Dudley

Excellent

Excellent

Feb 21st, 2021